- Nicki Minaj
- BIRTH DATE
- December 8, 1982 (age 35)
- DID YOU KNOW?
- Nicki was born in Trinidad and Tobago.
- DID YOU KNOW?
- Nicki cites her musical inspirations as Jadakiss and Cyndi Lauper.
- DID YOU KNOW?
- As of 2017 Nicki's net worth is around $70 million.
- La Guardia High School of Music and Art
- PLACE OF BIRTH
- Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago
- ZODIAC SIGN
“I've always had this female-empowerment thing in the back of my mind because I wanted my mother to be stronger, and she couldn't be. I thought, 'If I'm successful, I can change her life.'”
Hip-hop artist Nicki Minaj rocketed to fame with tracks like "Super Bass," "Starships," and later "Anaconda." She is the first female solo artist to have seven singles simultaneously on the Billboard 100 chart.She may be diminutive, but Nicki Minaj packs a lot of talent into her 5-foot 2-inch frame. Born in the Caribbean, she moved to New York as a five-year-old and has overcome a difficult childhood to become one of the most successful rap artists of this or any other generation. Minaj has also branched out into television and film, in demand for her colorful bubblegum persona and image. She’s active on social media and in fashion and has launched several fragrances. Her label-mate Lil Wayne calls her “an icon” who has “reached far beyond anything I would have imagined. Nicki will go down as one of the best to do it in the history of music.”
Tough Childhood in Queens, NY
The rapper and singer Nicki Minaj was born Onika Tanya Maraj on December 8, 1982, in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago, and moved with her family to Queens, New York, when she was five years old. Minaj's father was a severe drug addict with a long history of violence. At one point, he set fire to the family's home in a failed attempt to kill Minaj's mother. Those early struggles, Minaj has said, helped fuel her drive to rise above the life her parents knew. "I've always had this female-empowerment thing in the back of my mind," she told Details magazine, "because I wanted my mother to be stronger, and she couldn't be. I thought, 'If I'm successful, I can change her life.'"
To reach that point, the young Minaj developed personas for herself that would allow her to reinvent herself. An early incarnation was "Cookie," then came "Harajuku Barbie" before finally settling onNicki Minaj. "Fantasy was my reality," she has said. Minaj clearly had a knack for performance. At the age of 12, she authored her first rap, then went on to delve into acting at LaGuardia High School of Music and Art, the school that inspired the movieFame. But her acting career didn’t take off, and she took up a range of steady jobs, including waitressing at Red Lobster, where she was fired for being rude to customers.
Mixtapes Make Way for Young Money Deal
Determined to make it in the music business, Minaj took on backup singing roles for local New York City rappers, including Full Force. Soon, she began writing her own material. She was eventually discovered by the Dirty Money CEO Fendi, who came across Minaj's MySpace page, loved what he heard, and signed her to his label.
That connection led Minaj to Lil Wayne, who collaborated with her on a series of mixtapes, the first of which, Playtime Is Over, was released in April 2007. This and subsequent mixtapes, including Sucka Free (2008) and Beam Me Up Scotty (2009), showcased Minaj's female swagger and out-front style. She signed to Lil Wayne’s Young Money label in August, 2009, becoming its first ever female artist. She solidified her growing rep with appearances on the We Are Young Money compilation album (2009), also collaborating with Mariah Careyand Robin Thicke.
By early 2010, anticipation had built up around Minaj's debut album, which was scheduled for release that fall. In April of that year, she released her first single, "Massive Attack," followed by "Your Love." Two months later she won Best Hip Hop Female at the annual BET Awards. She dedicated the award to Lil Wayne. The Pink Friday album dropped that November, with eight singles released to promote it. It went triple platinum, and received generally positive reviews. Entertainment Weekly’s Brad Wete was reminded of “her labelmate Drake — fully aware of how amazing she is, but also how fragile.” Minaj displayed a range of alter-egos on her releases, including Onika, Nicki Lewinsky and Roman Zolanski.
'American Idol' Feud With Mariah Carey
In March 2012, Minaj made a guest appearance on the populartelevisioncompetitionAmerican Idol. She told singerJennifer Lopez, then a judge on the show, to "scoot over a little bit" to make room for her at the judges'table. Rumors then flew of a feud between Minaj and Lopez, which Minaj later dismissed. Later that year, however, Minaj apparently got her wish when she was announced as a judge onAmerican Idol. It didn't take long before the fireworks began between her and fellow judge Mariah Carey. The pair seemed to take an instant dislike to each other, and openly feuded during the show's early auditions.
Televisionviewers got to see the two square off once the show's 12th season began airing in early 2013. Minaj and Carey got into an argument during auditions in Charlotte, North Carolina, with Minaj storming off stage. Carey later claimed that Minaj threatened her with physical harm and decided to hire extra security as a result, according to the New York Daily News. Minaj has also been critical of the show, tweeting thatAmerican Idol"is NOT a singing competition."
'The Pinkprint' and Other Projects
Minaj reached a national audience with her 2012 Super Bowl appearance. She performed alongsideMadonnain the game's popular halftime show. A short time later, Minaj released the albumPink Friday: Roman Reloaded. The record proved to be a smash hit, reaching the top of the pop, R&B and rap charts. The infectious dance song "Starships" was the first breakout single. "Pound the Alarm" soon followed, and as did "Va Va Voom." She went on to perform "Roman Holiday" at the Grammy Awards the same year.
Eight more singles were released from her next album,The Pinkprint,which came out on December 12, 2014. The album’s star-studded guest list included Beyoncé, Chris Brown,Ariana GrandeandDrake. It went double platinum, and in 2016, she won the Best Female Hip Hop Artist award at t'he BET Awards for the seventh consecutive time.
Minaj had also been branching out into other areas. She provided the voice of mammoth Steffie in 2012’sIce Age: Continental Drift and made her movie debut in 2014’sThe Other Woman, oppositeCameron Diaz. She later received a Teen Choice Awards 2016 nomination for her role in Barbershop: The Next Cut. She has fronted a number of endorsement deals and advertising campaigns, including MACCosmetics,AdidasOriginals and Pepsi, and has her own fragrance line. She is a shareholder in the Tidal streaming service. Her relationship with the rapperMeek Millended in early 2017.
More Hits and 'Queen'
Despite all her other projects, Minaj hasn’t lost her musical focus. She appeared on a slew of singles in 2017, and with the simultaneous release and successes of "No Frauds," "Regret in Your Tears" and "Changed It," she took over the record of most entries on the Billboard Hot 100 by a female artist, a mark previously held by Aretha Franklin.
The following April, Minaj dropped two new tracks, "Chun-Li" and "Barbie Tingz." Later that spring she also unveiled "Rich Sex," featuring Lil Wayne, and "Bed," with Ariana Grande, ahead of the scheduled August 10 release of her fourth studio album,Queen.
|NICKI MINAJ||RIGHT THROUGH ME||March 30, 2011||UNIVERSAL MOTOWN||SINGLE|
|NICKI MINAJ||YOUR LOVE||March 30, 2011||UNIVERSAL RECORDS||SINGLE|
|NICKI MINAJ||MOMENT 4 LIFE||July 22, 2011||UNIVERSAL MOTOWN||SINGLE|
|SEAN KINGSTON FEAT. NICKI MINAJ||LETTING GO (DUTTY LOVE)||December 2, 2011||COLUMBIA||SINGLE|
|NICKI MINAJ||DID IT ON'EM||February 7, 2012||MOTOWN||SINGLE|
|NICKI MINAJ||FLY||February 7, 2012||MOTOWN||SINGLE|
|NICKI MINAJ||BEEZ IN THE TRAP||August 28, 2012||UNIVERSAL REPUBLIC||SINGLE|
|NICKI MINAJ||POUND THE ALARM||March 26, 2013||CASH MONEY / REPUBLIC RECORDS||SINGLE|
|NICKI MINAJ||SUPER BASS||December 6, 2013||CASH MONEY / REPUBLIC RECORDS||SINGLE|
|NICKI MINAJ||HIGH SCHOOL||December 6, 2013||CASH MONEY / REPUBLIC RECORDS||SINGLE|
|NICKI MINAJ||STARSHIPS||August 4, 2014||YOUNG MONEY / CASH MONEY||SINGLE|
|NICKI MINAJ||ANACONDA||November 14, 2014||CASH MONEY / YOUNG MONEY / REPUBLIC RECORDS||SINGLE|
|NICKI MINAJ||ONLY||August 17, 2015||CASH MONEY / YOUNG MONEY / REPUBLIC RECORDS||SINGLE|
|NICKI MINAJ||THE NIGHT IS STILL YOUNG||October 13, 2015||YOUNG MONEY / CASH MONEY / REPUBLIC RECORDS||SINGLE|
|NICKI MINAJ||THE PINKPRINT||February 10, 2016||CASH MONEY / YOUNG MONEY / REPUBLIC RECORDS||ALBUM|
|NICKI MINAJ||PINK FRIDAY||March 22, 2016||YOUNG MONEY / CASH MONEY / REPUBLIC RECORDS||ALBUM|
|NICKI MINAJ||PINK FRIDAY: ROMAN RELOADED||March 22, 2016||YOUNG MONEY / CASH MONEY / REPUBLIC RECORDS||ALBUM|
|TREY SONGZ||TOUCHIN, LOVIN (FEAT. NICKI MINAJ)||July 20, 2016||ATLANTIC RECORDS||SINGLE|
|JESSIE J, ARIANA GRANDE, NICKI MINAJ||BANG BANG||October 20, 2017||REPUBLIC RECORDS||SINGLE|
|CHRIS BROWN||LOVE MORE (FEAT. NICKI MINAJ)||November 10, 2017||RCA RECORDS||SINGLE|
|NICKI MINAJ||FEELING MYSELF||November 10, 2017||YOUNG MONEY / CASH MONEY / REPUBLIC RECORDS||SINGLE|
|YO GOTTI||RAKE IT UP (FEAT. NICKI MINAJ)||January 30, 2018||EPIC||SINGLE|
|ARIANA GRANDE||SIDE TO SIDE (FEAT. NICKI MINAJ)||March 9, 2018||REPUBLIC RECORDS||SINGLE|
|DAVID GUETTA||HEY MAMA (FEAT. NICKI MINAJ, BEBE REXHA, & AFROJACK)||March 19, 2018||PARLOPHONE / ATLANTIC RECORDS||SINGLE|
|NICKI MINAJ||CHUN-LI||May 29, 2018||YOUNG MONEY / CASH MONEY / REPUBLIC RECORDS||SINGLE|
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